I’m going to just jump right in with my recaps!
Week 2 fell on Baby C’s 1st birthday…FIRST BIRTHDAY!
Ya’ll, my baby is one! I have a ONE year old! I cannot believe it has already been an entire year. I know, cliche in every way, but its SO true.
Anyways, I can’t say enough great things about 21 Day Fix. it’s quick, it’s effective, and it’s fun! I find it really easy to do the workouts. They are a combination of strength and cardio and going through this program, I have realized that my cardio conditioning is definitely not on point. It’s amazing how our bodies can adapt to one type of cardio, for instance running in my case, but then I do interval training with strength built in (21dfx) and I am sweating and out of breath!
The nutrition part of ANY workout program is always the hardest for me to follow. I love food, I have a major sweet tooth, and when I crave something I just want to eat it. So going into weeks 2 and 3 I knew I was going to cheat a bit. Week 2 I had 3 cupcakes – 2 on Baby C’s birthday, and my finally one 2 days later. This definitely put me over my yellow containers (carbs), but I knew this going in and was okay with this decision.
Week 3 I had some cheat meals because my husband was home more, and to be honest I didn’t meal prep nearly as much. I also had a couple of beers poolside 🙂 Again this definitely pushed me over on my yellow containers, BUT even though I cheated, I was also VERY conscience of my food choices. Instead of eating my weight in goldfish crackers (why are these SO good?!), I would eat apple slices, or carrots. I feel like i did very balancing good food choices with some cheats. I definitely believe in applying the 80/20 rule – eat healthy and clean 80% of the time and 20% indulge. Also, YOLO 😉
Overall, I lost 3 pounds. I didn’t re-,measure myself so I am not sure how many inches, but if i had to guess i lost a little in my waist which is where I also see the weight loss at.
I’m now onto my second round of 21 Day Fix and I have even dappled in 21 Day Fix Extreme. I am LOVING the Beachbody on Demand (24/7 streaming of over 600 workouts!!) Variety is definitely a big factor for me sticking with a workout so the on demand feature is amazing!
I am in week 1 of my second round and ya’ll I am seeing some real change. I look and FEEL leaner. You know when the scale says you lost weight, but you still feel kinda bloated or your clothes fit the same? Well, I can honestly say that now I feel like i have lost some weight and am getting leaner.
I know for a fact that i am getting stronger. I can do all the intervals without taking a break, I can do my reps, and I have increased my weight. This time around I am also being VERY diligent about following the peal plan, and I haven’t gone over on any of my portions.
During these rounds of 21 Day Fix I have also been drinking Shakeology. Wow, ya’ll…this product really is amazing!
As a chemist, I really value what I put into my body and I was never a fan of standard market protein powders. 1) they don’t taste great (Shakeology does!), and 2) most people eating a Standard American diet (SAD) are NOT lacking protein. What most people are lacking are true nutrients – vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients (nutrients we get from veggies and fruits), and digestive enzymes (these help our intestines actually adsorb what we eat). Because of this, standard market protein powder, isn’t very beneficial.
Additionally, since many of these powders contain soy, artificial sweeteners (I’m looking at you Splenda), are nearly 100% whey based (protein from milk which can wreck havoc on a lactose intolerant person), and have preservatives (Sodium benzoate, soy lecithin, etc.) I am not a fan. Plus, they aren’t really doing anyone any good because we (Americans in general) don’t have a protein deficiency – we have a nutrient deficiency. In my honest opinion, protein powders are doing more harm than good, and its a multi-million dollar industry based on really good marketing, unfortunately. not sound science.
Now enter Shakeology – this isn’t a protein powder.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Shakeology is NOT a protein powder.
Does it have protein? Yes, absolutely.
Shakeology is NOT a meal replacement shake (don’t even get me started on Slim Fast and what a load of crock and marketing gimmick that is *sigh*).
Can Shakeology be used as a meal replacement? Yes, absolutely – and its for sure the BEST choice for a meal replacement (read below).
So what is Shakeology then?
Shakeology is a nutrition powder.
It is full of protein (from whole food sources like chia, flax seed, quinoa), full of antioxidants like blueberry, gogi berry, green tea, cherries, and pomegranate. It has a plethora of phytonutrients – basically kick ass greens to support your health because we all know, as good as Kale is for us, who wants to eat it every day, am I right? So Shakeology has greens in it – spinach, kale, algea, and others. And finally, Shakeology is rounded out with pre- and probiotics and additional digestive enzymes, because what good is consuming all these awesome nutrients if our body can’t adsorp it properly?
In fact, the digestive enzymes were the first things I noticed working when I first started Shakeology – because it was cleaning out my system (I’ll avoid going into detail on this, but just know it was not harsh or unpleasant in any way) and lining my colon with proper and essential bacteria so my body could adsorp all of the goodness packed into Shakeology.
Seriously, this product makes my inner chemist giddy. I do a happy dance every time I drink it and every time someone tells me they drink it and love it too. It’s seriously a game changer. I may just have to write post (or two) on it and let my inner chemist shine 😉
- Do you workout? What is your favorite type of workout?
- Are you good about eating enough fruits and veggies (I definitely have to work at this EVERY day)
- Are you a protein powder fan?